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Talent to Watch Program


Project type
Feature-length film
Project stage
Emerging talent, Canadian film production companies 

Program overview

The Talent to Watch Program supports emerging filmmakers looking to finance the production stage of their first feature film project(s). 

The Talent to Watch Program has three streams: 

  • Industry Partner Stream: For projects that are recommended by a Designated Industry Partner. 
  • Festival Selection Stream: For emerging filmmakers who have directed a short film that was selected at a recognized film festival. 
  • Filmmaker Apply-Direct Stream: All Key Members of the Creative Team must be:
    • Indigenous; 
    • Black; 
    • People of Colour; 
    • Women; 
    • Gender-diverse individuals; 
    • 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals; 
    • Persons with disabilities; and/or 
    • Members of an Official Language Minority Community

Who can apply

Applications may be submitted by companies or individuals who meet the eligibility criteria indicated in the Program guidelines.

Key members of the creative teams of all submitted projects must be emerging talent.

Information about the program


Please review the documents for full program and stream details, and eligibility criteria.

Key Dates

IT support is only available on business days until 5:00 pm EST

Key dates
April 17, 2023 8:00 AM EDT
May 01, 2023 11:59 PM EDT

All projects.

IT support is only available on business days until 5:00 pm EST. Projects may be submitted only once per fiscal year. Producers whose projects can be submitted in more than one opening period must select the one that best meets the needs of their project.

Latest updates

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May 24, 2023

Updated Essential information guide

A new version of the Essential Information Guide is now available.

May 15, 2023

Updated version of a new document is now available

The Production Sustainability Plan Template is now available in the Templates section.

May 5, 2023

Updated version of the Standard Production Budget Template

A new version of the Standard Production Budget Template is now available. 

April 27, 2023

Updated version of the List of Library and Archives Canada (“LAC”) Delivery Requirements

A new version of the List of Library and Archives Canada (“LAC”) Delivery Requirements for Feature Films is now available. 

March 28, 2023

Talent to watch webinaire 

This English session will take place on Tuesday March 28, 2023 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST. After you have registered, you will receive a link to attend the session via Microsoft Teams. 

In order to prepare for this session, we ask that you submit your questions here before March 17. 

To register for the English session, click here. 

Apply for funding

Please read our How to apply page for more information on the application process.

Applications must be submitted through Dialogue.

Application documents



Declarations and affidavits

Business policies

Past guidelines


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